After somehow being left off of the First Team All-Big East yesterday, Sir`Dominic Pointer was recognized with a pair of postseason awards today, taking home the conference's Defensive Player of the Year award along with being named the Big East's Most Improved Player.
Pointer finished in the top four in the Big East in steals, blocks, and rebounds, with averages of 7.6 rebounds per game, 2.5 blocked shots per game, and 2.0 assists per game. He will share the award with Kris Dunn of Providence, who led the conference in steals and ranked fourth nationally with 2.8 steals per game.
The two will face off with each other on Thursday afternoon when St. John's plays Providence in the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament.
But that would not be the only award that Pointer would take home earlier today, as he was also named as the Big East Most Improved Player for this season. After not averaging more than 6.9 points per game in any of his first three seasons at St. John's Pointer elevated his scoring average to 13.7 points per game this season.
He also shot a career-high 53% from the field this year, good for fifth in the Big East, and set new career-highs in rebounds, assists, blocks, and steals per game on the season. Pointer also ranked in the top three on the team in every major statistical category.
Jordan named to Big East Honor Roll
Pointer was not the only Red Storm player to take home some hardware today either, as Rysheed Jordan was named to the Big East Weekly Honor Roll today after his play over the past week.
Jordan led St. John's in scoring in both of their games this week, first dropping 23 points in Wednesday's win over Marquette, including five 3-pointers, and he followed that up with 21 points against Villanova on Saturday. With an average of 14.1 points per game on the season, Jordan ranks second on St. John's only to D`Angelo Harrison, and is ninth in the Big East.